PayPoint has announced the official launch of the eBay click & collect service at 2,500 Collect+ locations.
eBay joined Collect+, the click and collect solution for UK online merchants, following the announcement of a strategic partnership in July. The e-commerce giant is the first multi-carrier partner to be signed by PayPoint.
The service will give eBay sellers and buyers the option to have purchases delivered to a local PayPoint store via a carrier service of their choice.
PayPoint said its retail partners have welcomed the launch.
“eBay is a fantastic addition to the Collect+ service. This will definitely attract new and different types of customers to our stores,” a statement from the company quoted Paul Cheema, of Nisa Malcolm’s Stores in Coventry, as saying.
“We’re constantly looking for new ways to attract more customers to our store and this fits the bill perfectly. Adding eBay to the Collect+ service should make a big difference,” added Dan Cocks, of Premier Whitstone Stores, Whitstone.
The initial deployment, into a mix of independent and a number of multiple and symbol stores including Nisa, McColls, Spar and One Stop, has been completed in time for the peak parcel season, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Christmas period.
Lewis Alcraft, commercial director of PayPoint said: “As online shopping continues to boom, bricks and mortar retailers can increasingly feel left out in the cold. However, the savviest are capitalising on the online trend, recognising the opportunity that convenient parcel services represent as a great way of enticing people into store.”
eBay UK Vice President, Rob Hattrell commented: “24 million customers shop with us every month. We want to make it as convenient as possible for them to get the item they’re looking for. Our partnership with Collect+ is a great boost to our delivery options, giving customers thousands more locations to choose from when they are shopping.”